WOMEN'S RIGHTS ACTIVISTS CONDEMN IRAN’S ELECTION TO UN WOMEN'S RIGHTS COMMISSION AS "SURREAL"
The corruption and hypocrisy is beyond mind-boggling
AS WE CELEBRATE INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY THIS WEEK LET US NOT FORGET THE PLIGHT OF THE WOMEN IN IRAN - UNFORTUNATELY THE UNITED NATIONS HAS
Iranian women’s rights activists condemned the election of Iran on Tuesday to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, a body purportedly “exclusively dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women.”
“This is surreal,” tweeted Iranian women’s rights activist Masih Alinejad.
“A regime that treats women as 2nd class citizens that doesn’t allow its own women to make decisions for their body has been elected by the UN to it’s top women’s body to monitor conditions of women globally. A regime that jails [women] for not wearing compulsory hijab, bans them from singing, bars them from stadiums & doesn’t let them travel abroad without the permission of their husbands.”
This is an insult to Iranian women who are in jail and to millions of others "who get beaten up by the same regime," Alinejad contined.
Shivah Mahbobi - a political activist of the campaign to free political prisoners in Iran, who was imprisoned in Iran for three years - tweeted,
"Despite 42 years of gender apartheid and crime against women, the UN voted for the criminal misogynist Islamist regime to be elected as a member of the UN Commission o Women's Rights! Join the protest."
Even more disheartening is the assessment by the non-governmental organization UN Watch that at least four out of the 15 EU and western democracies voted in favor of Iran's inclusion.
Hillel Neuer, Executive Director of UN Watch summed up the this insanity:
"Electing the Islamic Republic of Iran to protect women's rights is like making an arsonist into the town fire chief.
He then asked the six million dollar question....
Iran's persecution of women is gross and systematic, both in law and in practice. Why, then, did the UN name one of the worst oppressors of women as a world judge and guardian of gender equality and the empowerment of women?